By enrolling in the Apple Developer Program, individuals and organizations receive everything they need to develop apps for distribution. Members can distribute apps on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iMessage. They can also distribute software outside of the Mac App Store, as well as offer custom apps to specific businesses and proprietary apps to their employees on Apple Business Manager.
Starting your enrollment
To enroll, you’ll need an Apple ID with two-factor authentication turned on. Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It protects your account by requiring a password and access to either a trusted device or verification code delivered via SMS or phone call.
If you’re an individual or sole proprietor/single-person business, your personal legal name will be listed as the seller on the App Store. Do not enter an alias, nickname, or company name as your first or last name, as entering your legal name incorrectly will cause a delay in the approval of your enrollment.
If you’re an employee at a company, non-profit organization, joint venture, partnership, or government organization, the legal entity name will be listed as the seller on the App Store. We’ll ask for your legal entity name and your D‑U‑N‑S® Number as part of our verification process. Once you’re a member, you have the option of adding additional members to your team.
Organizations enrolling in the Apple Developer Program will need:
Legal entity status
To enroll in the Apple Developer Program, your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We don’t accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches. The legal entity name will appear as the seller for apps you distribute. Example: Seller: ABC Company, Inc.
A D‑U‑N‑S Number
Your organization must have a D‑U‑N‑S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D‑U‑N‑S Number and request one if necessary. They’re free in most jurisdictions. (Not required for government organizations.)
Legal binding authority
As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or an employee with legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.
Your organization’s website must be publicly available and the domain name must be associated with your organization.
Our identity verification process for organizations includes several components, including but not limited to a D‑U‑N‑S Number and binding authority check when enrolling as an organization. You’ll be asked for the D‑U‑N‑S Number associated with your legal entity and, if you are not the owner/founder, you must provide a reference who can confirm that you are an employee with the legal authority to enroll the organization and to bind it to legal agreements.
If enrolling as an organization, you may be asked for business documents that are notarized to certify that the copy you intend to provide to Apple is a true copy of your original document. Depending on your region, notarization may be done by a municipal office, solicitor, notary public, or other method.
The Apple Developer Enterprise Program and the iOS Developer University Program each require separate identity verification. To enroll, you’ll need to set up a new Apple ID and go through our standard verification process.
Completing your enrollment
Once your enrollment information has been verified and you have agreed to the associated program license agreement, you can purchase your membership. Individuals and sole proprietors/single-person businesses can review the license agreement and purchase a membership at the time of enrollment. Organizations can review the license agreement and purchase a membership once Apple Developer Support verifies the enrollment information and sends an email with next steps. The Apple Developer Program annual fee is 99 USD and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program annual fee is 299 USD, in local currency where available. Prices may vary by region and are listed in local currency during the enrollment process.
If you’re enrolling using the Apple Developer app, membership is provided on an annual basis as an auto-renewable subscription that renews until cancelled. Learn about enrolling through the app
If you’re enrolling on the web, you can choose from the payment methods presented during your membership purchase. If you’re paying by credit card and enrolling as an individual, you must use your own credit card to complete your purchase. If you do not, your enrollment will be delayed and you’ll be asked for a copy of your government-issued photo identification. If Apple developer products are not available on your region’s Apple Store Online, you’ll be presented with a credit card form. Please make your purchase with a credit card that can be charged in USD. When you’ve submitted your purchase, you’ll receive an order acknowledgement email. After your purchase has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation email. To check the status of your enrollment, sign in to your account on the developer website with the Apple ID you used to enroll. If you haven’t received a membership confirmation within 24 hours of your purchase, contact us. Make sure to include your Enrollment ID with your support request.
When applicable, your membership purchase will be taxed using the tax rate for your region or state. To request a tax refund, sign in with the Apple ID you used to enroll, complete the purchase, and send in your order number and tax-exempt form to email@example.com. You can access invoices for your purchased products by viewing your account on the Apple Store Online. If you completed your purchase using a credit card form, you can request an invoice by contacting Apple Developer Support. If you completed your purchase on the Apple Store Online in China mainland and would like to request a fapiao, call 400-666-8800 to speak with a support specialist.
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If you are a contract developer hired by an organization to develop apps for distribution on their behalf:
- The organization should enroll in the Apple Developer Program using the steps outlined above.
- They should add you to their development team in their account on the developer website so you can access membership resources.
- The organization’s name will be listed as the seller if they’re distributing apps on the App Store or Mac App Store.
- Although the organization must be the one to submit the app for review, you can assist them.
If you are a contract developer hired by an organization to develop proprietary in-house apps for their employees, and volume purchasing is offered in your region:
- You should enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an individual using the steps outlined above.
- The organization should create an account on Apple Business Manager.**
- When submitting your app for review, select the Custom App Distribution option in App Store Connect.
- Employees can download the app privately from Apple Business Manager.
Do I need to enroll to install apps on a device?
No. You can install apps on a device for free with Xcode. You’ll only need to enroll if you’d like to distribute apps, access beta software, and integrate with capabilities such as Siri, Apple Pay, and iCloud.
Can I enroll as an individual and have my organization’s name appear as the seller on the App Store?
To have your organization’s name appear as the seller, your organization must be recognized as a legal entity and you must be enrolled as an organization. If you are a sole proprietor/single-person business, you must join as an individual and your legal name will appear as the seller. If you have enrolled as an individual and need to convert your individual account to an organization account, please contact us.
Is there an Apple Developer Program for students? Do students receive any discounts?
While there isn’t a developer program specifically for students, learning to develop apps for Apple platforms is free to everyone. With just an Apple ID, you can access Xcode, software downloads, documentation, sample code, forums, and Feedback Assistant, and you can test your apps on devices. In addition, if you attend an education institution that’s enrolled in the iOS Developer University Program and offers iOS development classes for which you have registered, you’ll have access to the membership resources and benefits available to your class. If you’d like to distribute apps, you can join the Apple Developer Program.